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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 23, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Come celebrate returning salmon this Friday at a creek right in the heart of Seattle

Right now close to a million chum salmon are returning to local rivers and creeks in Puget Sound, and while many are pursuing them with a rod and reel, people can also take time out to just go and watch this magnificent natural event happening in front of their feet.

One prime example of this marvelous spawning achievement is happening in the heart of Seattle at Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park.

In honor of the chum and coho return, Bill Malatinsky, a naturalist with Seattle Public Utilities’ Restore Our Waters will be on hand for the Welcome the Salmon Home to Piper’s Creek Celebration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 at Carkeek Park in Seattle.

All ages are invited free to attend, and celebrate with hot drinks, music, good food, and activities throughout the park.

A special encore presentation of performance artist, Stokely Towles, “Stormwater: Life in the Gutter” will happen at noon at the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. in Seattle. Volunteer Salmon Stewards will also be hand to answer questions.

The public can also come to the Piper’s Creek Annual Salmon Watching event on weekends 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through Dec. 11.

Salmon Stewards greet guests by the creek to explain the salmon’s life cycle and habitat.

The events are sponsored by the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP), Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle Parks’ Environmental Learning Centers. For more details, call 206-684-5999 or email bill.malatinsky@seattle.gov.

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